Every year, the Pulaski County Library District participates in the Summer Reading Program.  Lots of people don’t know this, but libraries across the country participate and design programming around the same central theme every year.  This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”, and focuses on all of the ways that children and adults can contribute to building a better world.  Whether it’s creating a new invention, using technology in innovative ways, showing kindness when it’s not easy, or planting and tending a garden, there are ways each of us can make the world a better place!
Summer Reading Program encourages and rewards reading through the summer months, when children are susceptible to the “Summer Slide”, or losing knowledge and skills from one school year to the next.  We provide incentive prizes throughout the program, when children finish certain benchmark numbers of books read.  We also reward Summer Reading Program Finishers with a special party and even more prizes at the end of the Summer Reading Program.
Throughout June, the libraries will have special performers to encourage children to visit the library and checkout books to read.  We’re really excited about our line-up of performers this year and we hope that you’ll join us!
Wednesday, June 7 – Silly songs about nature with Wild Heart
Wednesday, June 14 – Comedy and magic with Oh My Gosh, Josh
Wednesday, June 21 – Ventriloquist Diana Rockwell
Wednesday, June 28 – Ronald McDonald at the Richland and Crocker Libraries
Wednesday, June 28 – Meramec Regional Planning Commission at the Waynesville Library
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Books of the Week
Our featured children’s book this week is “Mother Goose Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins - "Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation"--Provided by publisher.
Our featured YA book this week is “Asylum” by Madeleine Roux - "Three teens at a summer program for gifted students uncover shocking secets in the sanatorium-turned-dorm where they're staying--secrets that link them all to the asylum's dark past"-- Provided by publisher.
Our featured adults book is “The Illusionist’s Apprentice” by Kristy Cambron – “Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them, or silence her before she can reveal them on her own. Boston, 1926. Jenny Wren Lockhart is a bold eccentric even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions. In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death.” – Provided by the publisher.

Check them out!
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For more information about your Pulaski County Library District, please visit us on the web at www.pulaskicounty.lib.mo.us.  If you are interested in E-Books, check out our new E-Card Option.  Sign up for a library card and check out E-Books, all from the comfort of your own home!